- What is a Ghosting?
- An example of an Effective Scene
- The Basic Method
- Do I have to Rally?
- The biggest advantage of ghosting in a Rally
- Can I Teleport during a Rally?
- How to Rally
- How to Cancel a Rally
- It’s Best to Rally to the Boss Monster
- If you’re rallying to a City, make it a Non-Allied City
- What happens if you get sent flying while you’re ghosting? Any other notes?
- What happens if a boss or city disappears while ghosting?
- What happens if an alliance member joins the rally for ghosts?
- Advance Preparation is important
- What happens if you get Scouted while you’re ghosting?
- Basic Technique “Counterattack”
- Applied technique “Dare to leave some”
What is a Ghosting?
A defensive technique that allows you to keep all of your troops out of the city so that you can take almost no damage if you are attacked.
(Note – traps and walls take damage.)
An example of an Effective Scene
- Immediately after entering the battlefield in the Battle of Constantinople or the Battle of Gaugamela. (Because it’s not uncommon for you to be attacked right after you enter.)
- In a server war, when you stay on an enemy server for a long time. (Because you can’t put bubbles on the enemy server.)
The Basic Method
- Rally for 60 minutes against the surrounding cities, buildings and boss monsters.
- Turn off the “All automatic fight for other Cities” setting for subordinate cities. (If you don’t, the troops of the subordinate city will die when attacked.)
- Use your resources or leave them in the Alliance Warehouse. (If you have a lot of resources, they will be looted when you are attacked. Therefore, keep the amount of resources you have on hand below the amount protected in the city’s warehouses. Also, try to leave your resource chests unopened on a regular basis).
Do I have to Rally?
If you just wanted to zero out the troops in the city, you could just march the troops somewhere else, even if you didn’t rally, but this would be a problem.
- You can’t teleport anywhere while you’re marching your troops.
- If the troops are attacked just in time to get back to the city, they can’t escape.
- If you set up a camp – Camps are not suitable for defense because they are attackable.
- If you send in a Resource Tile – Same as above.
- Alliance Resource Tiles cannot be attacked, so you are safe while you are there. However, they could be targeted for timing back to the city.
The biggest advantage of ghosting in a Rally
Easy to move around.
If you cancel a rally, your troops will return to the city at that moment and you can do the following
- If the enemy has an opening, you can attack immediately by bringing your troops back instantly.
- If you want to help an ally in battle in the distance, you can instantly bring your troops back and teleport them to help.
Can I Teleport during a Rally?
Can’t do it. Be aware that you will have to cancel all rallies.
How to Rally
Rally to Cities and Buildings
Press a city on the map, then press “Declare War” in the menu. > “60 Minute(s)” > Select your troops and press “March”.
Rally to the Boss Monster
Press the boss on the map, then press “Attack” in the menu. > “Alliance War” in the bottom right corner of the screen > “60 Minute(s)” > Select your troops and press “March”.
How to Cancel a Rally
In the upper left corner of the map screen, there is a march bar. (“Rallying Troops hh:mm:ss”) Press the blue “<<” to the right of that bar.
If you need to send out more than one unit to ghost all your troops, the march bar in the top left corner of the map screen will be lined up for as many bars as you’ve rallied.
The problem with this is that you won’t know which bar is the main unit. So if you ghost only the main unit in 30 minutes, you won’t get lost when it’s time to cancel the rally.
(With the 3.87.7 update on 4/9/2021, the General icon is now displayed in the march bar, so this hassle is no longer necessary.)
It’s Best to Rally to the Boss Monster
Rallying to a boss monster consumes stamina, but rallying to a city does not consume stamina. With all this in mind, rallying to the city is better, but there is a problem.
The enemy will know how much strength you have
When you rally to an enemy city, at that moment, that enemy will be alerted. The enemy would then be able to see what troops you sent to rally (number of troops, troop type). (From the bottom right corner of the screen, Alliance > Alliance War) If you’re rallying against a boss monster, this won’t happen.
Shields are deactivated
Rallying to a building such as a city, temple, or throne will deactivate the shield, but if you’re rallying to a boss monster, you can ghost with the shield up.
If you’re rallying to a City, make it a Non-Allied City
If you rally to an enemy city, all members of the alliance the enemy is in will be able to see your troop formation.
In the Battle of Constantinople, you have no choice but to rally to an enemy city or building because there are no boss monsters, but otherwise, rally to a boss monster or non-allied city.
What happens if you get sent flying while you’re ghosting? Any other notes?
Even if you’re ghosting, the HP of the walls decreases when you’re attacked. And when the HP reaches zero you are sent somewhere on the map.
In this case, all the troops you had sent to the rally are returned to the city. (Still, if you are sending troops to occupy a temple or throne, or if you are sending troops to gather resources, your troops will be returned to the city as well.)
Ghost cities are usually ignored (because attacking them doesn’t score enemies.) Some enemies will fly you to zero HP and instantly search for you by Arrest Warrant and follow you with a teleportation to hit you where your troops have returned to the city.
Therefore, make an immediate decision to instantly re-ghost or teleport to a different location.
What happens if a boss or city disappears while ghosting?
If you are rallying to a boss, the boss may be defeated by another player. Also, if you are rallying to a city, the city may teleport somewhere, or be attacked and sent somewhere else with zero HP.
In these cases, don’t worry, the ghosts will not be canceled and will remain intact.
What happens if an alliance member joins the rally for ghosts?
As with any normal rally, it’s as follows
- A troop of alliance members will march towards your city.
- Until an alliance member’s troops arrive in your city, a line of march will be displayed between your city and his city.
It’s important to note that because the line of march is displayed, it’s easy for the enemy to find out where your city is located. (Especially in the battles of Gaugamela and Constantinople.)
Therefore, you want to prevent alliance members from participating in ghost rallies, but unfortunately, the in-game features are not a perfect countermeasure. At the very least, it’s a good idea to take care of the following
- Turn off chat notifications for the start of rallies in the options settings.
- Create an unspoken rule within the alliance that normal monster hunting rallies should only be 5 minutes long, and that long rallies = ghosts.
Advance Preparation is important
If you don’t know where your ghost destination is, you won’t be able to ghost and you will be beaten immediately. You should bookmark the bosses and non-aligned cities you want to ghost in advance.
Note that when you go to an enemy server in a server war, you will not be able to ghost a boss or city on your own server.
What happens if you get Scouted while you’re ghosting?
The enemy can only know how many troops you have in the city by scouting. Therefore, if you are rallying all your troops, your troops will be reported to the enemy as 0. If there are any troops left in the city, that number will be reported.
Basic Technique “Counterattack”
If an enemy attacks while you are ghosting, if you think you can win, cancel the ghost at that moment and win in defense.
(Advanced players will then turn on the setting “All automatic fight for other Cities” for the subordinate cities to enter the battle at that time. (The reason for this is to activate the debuff effect. (Assign a general with the debuff as a mayor in advance.))
However, in many cases, if you ghost all your troops, the enemy won’t attack much. Therefore, the following application techniques are important.
Applied technique “Dare to leave some”
It’s a technique of setting a trap and catching them.
You dare to leave a few troops behind to make them look weak and make them want to attack you. Then, at the right moment to attack, you instantly bring your troops back and return them in defense.
You can simply leave a small amount of troops behind, or you can leave only certain troop types behind, which works well. (For example, ghosting only ranged troops to make it look like there are more ground troops in the city. By doing so, you can make the enemy want to attack with cavalry and bring back the ranged troops the moment they attack).